Circlemakers
December 26, 2003 12:46 AM   Subscribe

Circlemakers. 'Home of England's crop circle makers.' Circle stories, images etc.
posted by plep (15 comments total)
 
some of them are beautiful, but the overtly commercial ones are just sad (although i guess it's a good living).
posted by amberglow at 9:11 AM on December 26, 2003


I have no idea how the most complex crop circles are made, but find it hard to believe that they are man-made, appearing as they do overnight. There are some great ones here. I hope one day the mystery is solved - could it be line-dancing hedgehogs boot-scooting at dead of night?
posted by essexjan at 9:40 AM on December 26, 2003


The best time to visit the site is at the end of the crop season to get a review of the year's best crops, but I try to have a look regularly (which amounts to every time I remember it exists).

I agree with you, amberglow - there's something about the idea of a commissioned crop circle that seems fundamentally wrong (the Richard and Judy circle, for instance), a bit look commissioning a graffiti'd rail carriage, I suppose.

Great stuff, though. I really hope they keep at it.
posted by nthdegx at 10:07 AM on December 26, 2003


Those wacky Brits! Too much cheese? Greasy food?

A culture which has yearly contest-races where contestants chase rolling cheese wheels down murderously steep hills is a culture that's capable of almost anything.

I'd like to think that aliens are responsible, but about 30 second's thought proved to me that it would be quite easy to pull off these circles with small teams of people carrying boards (to flatten the plants) and pre-cut pieces of rope.

Note that virtually all of the crop circles are circles - hint: hammer a stake into the ground and tie a rope to it. Hold on to one end of the rope, and use your board to flatten plants as you walk around in a circle....

But then there's the giant, topologically-shaped cartoon alien face that showed up a year or two ago. That one would be a lot harder, I'd have to say.
posted by troutfishing at 10:39 AM on December 26, 2003


I thought the big mystery about some of the circle was that there were no footprints - no signs of humans or anyone having made them. That combined with the 4-10 hour periods they were made seems incredible that a person could do such a thing.

I've read a lot of sites on crop circles. Still makes me wonder if some of them aren't manmade.
posted by christian at 11:23 AM on December 26, 2003


They've produced videos demonstrating how they do it. Note the name of the site is not merely crop circles, but circle-makers... there's really no mystery to these any more.
posted by nthdegx at 12:11 PM on December 26, 2003


Walking on flattened wheat or barley leaves no footprints. Try it sometime.
posted by normy at 1:29 PM on December 26, 2003


nthdegx, normy - STOP IT STOP IT STOP IT STOP IT !

You two have killed my rich interior life, my dreams and my fantasies about those circles. You - you rationalists! Are you happy now?
posted by troutfishing at 2:28 PM on December 26, 2003


well, troutfishing, maybe aliens implanted the idea to create the circles into these guys' heads during an abduction or something? ; >
posted by amberglow at 2:35 PM on December 26, 2003


Flying over the Nazca lines a few years ago, what struck me was not so much how they'd done it (not so hard with some basic geometry, rope and lots of slave labor), but why somebody would go to all the trouble.
The human psyche is truly the final frontier.
posted by signal at 4:35 PM on December 26, 2003


amberglow - you missed the obvious. Maybe they are the aliens! Occam's Razor has spoken. It's obvious.

signal - I agree. As another example, take The Religious Experience of Philip K. Dick ! (as illustrated by R. Crumb in Weirdo #17)
posted by troutfishing at 4:58 PM on December 26, 2003


ooo, you mean they walk among us?

/emits high-pitched squeal a la Invasion of the Body Snatchers
posted by amberglow at 5:07 PM on December 26, 2003


essexjan: I have no idea how the most complex crop circles are made, but find it hard to believe that they are man-made, appearing as they do overnight.

I have no idea how complex engineering is done so, by following your example I should assume that skyscrapers, bridges, a waterwheel I found in the forest, etc are all non-man made. Afterall I don't personally know how to make those things and weren't there to watch their construction, nor do I know that the people who did construct them weren't under the influence of aliens either. *sigh*

>There are some great ones here. I hope one day the mystery is solved

Christ, open your eyes. Do a little research, most are accounted for. The method can be reproduced within a few hours and there's no shortage of pranksters nor credulous people. I'm afraid the case is closed, its safe to take off our collective tin foil hats and embrace boring, ordinary homo sapien behavior going on in a materialistic universe.

signal: The human psyche is truly the final frontier.

I think this comment nails it. I find the questions of why we do these things (I've been part of so many pranks its not even funny) more interesting than some lame UFO "theory" any day of the week.
posted by skallas at 2:23 AM on December 27, 2003


Why they do it? Wait - you don't think it's ridiculously cool? I should have come back sooner.
posted by nthdegx at 12:46 AM on December 28, 2003


Is it more cool than chasing big rolling cheese wheels down dangerously steep hills?
posted by troutfishing at 9:19 AM on December 28, 2003


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